AU celebrates the medical achievements of Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA) with the Distinguished Alumni Award

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Pediatrician Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA, 2007) is the recipient of Athabasca University's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Pediatrician Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA, 2007) is the recipient of Athabasca University’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA, 2007) was only four years old when he decided to become a doctor, and for the past 30 years he has helped improve the lives of children around the world.

A renowned career in pediatrics

Berall, from Thornhill, Ont., is a world-recognized pediatrician whose career focuses on medical nutrition, particularly childhood obesity, feeding difficulties and developmental conditions of nutrition.

His extensive resumé blends health care leadership, research, clinical practice, lectures, numerous publications and patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Paediatrics), currently serves an assistant professor in nutrition, nursing and pediatrics at the University of Toronto and, until 2013, was Chief of Pediatrics and Medical Program Director at North York General Hospital for more than 10 years. He has spoken at conferences and gatherings in more than 15 countries as a highly respected medical consultant.

And now, he’s the recipient of Athabasca University’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

“I tend to work in areas that people are not comfortable with, and childhood obesity is one of them.”

“It’s gratifying to see people finally paying attention to childhood obesity,” Berall says. “It means that we’ll finally get somewhere.” It’s a welcome turnaround from three decades ago when he was doing countless media interviews to try to cast a spotlight on an issue few wanted to think about. “I tend to work in areas that people are not comfortable with, and childhood obesity is one of them. Feeding difficulties in children is another one. People are surprised that children have problems with feeding, chewing, swallowing … yet it’s really quite common.”

Using business tools in health care

It is Berall’s determination to improve children’s lives that led him to AU’s MBA program. He was serving as the Chief of Pediatrics at three different Ontario health centres at the time and recognized that the systemic change necessary to make a difference in children’s health needed to be based on sound business models.

“The MBA has been exceedingly useful because it gave me another perspective,” he says. It provided tools he could use in his role as Chief, to try to remove barriers and improve how people work, and continues to be used in his health care consulting business.

Meeting his wife at AU

And in addition to being able to maintain heavy professional commitments while he completed his studies, AU also delivered an unexpected personal surprise. He met Darlene Dalley (MBA, 2008) in the program and they were married in Toronto in 2014.

Ultimately, Berall is determined to harness his considerable energies into one thing: improving the health of children across Canada and around the world. He continues to push the envelope in his research — he’s currently focused on developing new ways to help children with highly selective feeding difficulty — and encourages others to learn and open their minds, which these days includes tweeting and blogging.

Register by Oct. 15 to attend the Oct. 21 alumni award reception for Dr. Berall in Toronto

Dr. Deborah Hurst, acting dean of AU’s Faculty of Business, invites members of the AU community to attend a reception in honour of Dr. Glenn Berall (MBA, 2007).

When: 6 – 8 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 21
Where: Toronto Airport West Hotel
5444 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario
(This event is in-person only.)

Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 15
How to register: RSVP your attendance (and provide the name of your guest if you’re bringing one) by emailing aualumni@athabascau.ca or calling 1-800-788-9041 ext. 2907.
Cost: Free

Interested in learning more about AU’s alumni activities?

Visit AU Alumni for more information on AU’s alumni events, alumni awards and other activities for the alumni community.

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